Public Speaking


  1. Think about a special occasion speech that you would like to present on a topic of your choice.
  2. The speech can be for any context and any length, but the purpose must be to commemorate an occasion. See the list of example occasions for inspiration.
  3. Download and answer each question in the Unit 1 Touchstone Template based on the speech you are thinking of: Touchstone1Template.doc
  4. Consider your audience, purpose, and thesis. Answer each of the questions related to audience, purpose, and thesis. Answer in detail, using complete sentences.
  5. Review the rubric to ensure that you understand how you will be evaluated. Contact a Sophia learning coach with any questions.
  6. Review the checklist and requirements to ensure that your Touchstone is complete.
  7. Submit your completed Unit 1 Touchstone Template on Sophia.

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Public Speaking Touchstone 1 Template

Complete the following template, including all parts. Fill out all cells using complete sentences, aiming for one to three complete sentences for each cell of the template.


A1.What is the correct context for the speech? Where and when will it be given?
A2.Who is the audience and what are their characteristics?
A3.Why has the audience come to hear the speech?
A4.What are the interests of the audience?
A5.What does the audience know about your topic?
A6.What is the audience’s point of view on the topic?
A7.How will the audience likely react to your speech?


P1.What do you want your audience to know?
P2.What do you want your audience to think?
P3.What do you want your audience to feel?
P4.What do you want your audience to do?


T1.What is the most important message of your speech?
T2.Why should/will your audience care about your message?


R1.Are your audience, purpose and thesis aligned? Why or why not?
R2.What did you learn from this experience?

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